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Samantha Punch
Samantha Punch
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Sept. 17, 2015
Last Seen
Jan. 14
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Bridge Player
about me

Professor of Sociology and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Stirling, UK. Working to establish the 'Sociology of Bridge' as a new academic field. Currently undertaking several bridge research projects, such as an exploration of partnership interactions and team dynamics including gendered inequalities; and a survey on the social benefits of playing bridge.

I play bridge for Scotland - in the women's team since 2008 (semi-finalist World Bridge Games 2016; 6 UK Lady Milne wins; qualifying for Venice Cup 2019) and in the open Camrose team (2013, 2016-18).   Twitter: @soc_of_bridge

United Kingdom

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Bridge Accomplishments
Winning Transnational Commonwealth Teams in Glasgow 2014; 6 wins UK Lady Milne Home Internationals; Semi-finalist World Bridge Games 2016 in Wroclaw, qualifying for Venice Cup 2019.
Regular Bridge Partners
Paula Leslie, Stephen Peterkin, Tim Rees
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Gender and Bridge in 'the Zone'
Shame you don't still have the thesis Norman, would've been great to read it. Which discipline was it for? Did it also discuss the possible reasons for the gender differences, i.e. nature versus nurture?
Gender and Bridge in 'the Zone'
Thanks for your comments Nigel. I'm certainly keen to investigate China's approach and would love to set up a meeting before the Venice Cup with people involved in promoting bridge in China. If anyone knows who I could contact for this, do let me know.
Gender and Bridge in 'the Zone'
Apologies that was the link to the show on 19 Dec. Today's one is:
Bridge Research Projects
The intention was to use something 'punchy' (pun intended) to catch the attention of the media so that we can promote all the positive reasons for greater investment in bridge. The initial campaign will run throughout February and March (closing at the end of the Memphis national) and one of ...
Sociology of Bridge on the Bridge Zone
Yes both papers in relation to the survey with 7000 bridge players are available on EBED's website: McDonnell, D., Punch, S. and Small, C. (2017) Individual Wellbeing and Bridge: An Empirical Analysis, Aylesbury: English Bridge Education & Development (EBED), Galbraith, C., Punch, S. and ...
Sociology of Bridge on the Bridge Zone
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Guidelines for BBO Vugraph Commentators
I agree that voice is great. It's just not the same entertainment without it. The Roland/Bird duo is always fun to listen to. For me it's (C) so long as there's voice available.
2018 European Championships Results
Thanks, the team is very happy. Unfortunately my back is not so keen on having a sitting day job and a sitting hobby but thankfully it survived the week. Huge thanks to the directors for playing dummy whilst I paced about in the wings. Now at the end of this ...
2018 European Championships Results
Scotland's first outing to the Venice Cup - very chuffed
Seeking PhD Candidate for 3 year Bridge Project
As others have mentioned, it is fairly common for large grant applications for research projects to include funding for a PhD studentship as part of the wider project. Recently in the UK it is also becoming more common for research councils (e.g. ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council or ...

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